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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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2023 Summer Camps

Registration

Coming February 2023

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Coming Spring 2023

About our camps

Ontario Tech University’s 2023 Summer Camps program provides fun, hands-on opportunities for your child to learn and explore their curiosity in a positive and safe educational environment. 

Our mission is to inspire kids to see STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) everywhere in the world around them.  Hands-on activities and curriculum-based learning in robotics, coding, gaming, and much more, provide an experience that is both educational and fun.  We succeed when our campers leave camp thinking that STEM is exciting and within their reach – that it could be part of their future.

Our camp counsellor to camper ratios allow for interactivity, active engagement, and support for activities. Many of our in-person camps include daily cooperative outdoor activities.

View the 2023 Summer Camps flyer.

 2023 Summer Camps Preview

Camps at a glance*

A summary of Continuous Learning's summer camp features, such as ages, cost, etc.
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$260 to $325

Virtual: 

$80 to $140

Family: $75 (+)

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9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual:

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2 to 4 p.m.

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Ages

Ages 6* to 17

*grade 1 minimum, unless otherwise noted

A pin typically used to mark locations on online mapsLocation

Ontario Tech University Campus - North location

2000 Simcoe Street N, Oshawa ON
An door sign that says openBefore & after care Before care:

8 to 9 a.m.

After care:       

4 to 5 p.m.

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Virtual Camps


Two (2) hours per weekday

An atomFocus Camps are science, technology, engineering & design focused an outline of a person with shoulder length hairFor girls We have camp options designed for girls an outline of a laptop

High tech equipment

Camps include the use of high tech equipment
an outline of a handHands-on Camps include hands-on activities

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Indoor/outdoor cooperative activities

An icon of 3 peopleCounsellors

Camps have a low camper to counsellor ratio.

Many counsellors are certified teachers.

*details are subject to change without notice

Camper health & wellness

A safe, healthy and engaging campus has always been Ontario Tech University’s No. 1 priority. In line with this approach, the Continuous Learning Department is thoughtfully planning to offer both in-person and virtual 2023 Summer Camp programing and activities.

Please note: In-person delivery of our 2023 Summer Camps programing is subject to Ontario Tech University policies, directives, and health and safety protocols, including masking. 

2023 Summer Camps preview

Interested in summer camps? The 2023 Summer Camps preview is now available below. Please note, this is a draft preview only, this information is subject to change without notice as we continue to develop 2023 Summer Camp offerings.

Summer camp registration is not yet open. But stay tuned…we’re planning to launch registration for 2023 Summer Camps this February! Some of our most popular camps fill quickly, so please keep an eye on your email inbox and social media accounts for the latest updates!

If you have any questions, or would like to join us on social media, please feel free to connect with us. To sign up for email notifications, please see below.

*This preview is a draft. Details are subject to change without notice.

  • Automation, Invention & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    A tentative schedule and summary of Automation, Invention & AI related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Tech and Mech 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week Participants will explore the mechanics, dynamics, and material sciences behind modern inventions, and learn how to transform a concept into a product through the Engineering Design Process. Participants will have opportunities to reinvent successful inventions and apply mechanical solutions to make their engineered improvements.
    Teaching Computers to Learn 14 to 17; Co-ed

    Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week [Virtual]

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing areas of software engineering, appearing in almost every industry.  Participants will learn about the newest developments within AI and how these systems use different techniques to help humans efficiently solve problems. Participants will be tasked with constructing a system of their own that they will program and train. Participants will explore the societal implications of AI, such as the ethical considerations of using biased data.
    Our Autonomous World 14 to 17; Co-ed

    Week 5 (July 31 to August 4)

    Our world is constantly evolving, like our technology! We have reached the point where our technology can interact with our world without the support of a human! Participants will learn how this automation is done in the context of industry and beyond. Some of the most innovative companies in the world (i.e., Google, Tesla, GM) are actively employing this technology in their business models. Already we are starting to see their impact on transportation, industry, and ethics. Participants will use the Engineering Design Process and robotic technologies to learn more about the future of automation and its many applications.

     

  • Coding & Gaming
    A tentative schedule and summary of Coding and Gaming related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Adventures in Minecraft (Introduction) 7 to 9;   Co-ed Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week Minecraft: Education Edition is a versatile tool to develop new skills and to design and build campers’ creations. Minecraft camps allow for individual and group learning and are an amazing way to make new friends! Campers will learn the basics of the game as well as more advanced options.
    Code Away! 6 to 8;   Co-ed

    Week 2 (July 10 to 14)

    Week 7 (August 14 to 18)

    This camp is suitable for campers new to coding and programming. Campers learn basic coding skills with robotic devices. Advance to designing, building, and creating your own video game using programs such as Scratch!
    Coding & Game Design 1.0 9 to 11; Co-ed

    Week 3 (July 17 to 21)

    Week 5 (July 31 to August 4)

    Get ready to explore the world of coding and game design and create your own unique project! Campers will learn about computer programming concepts and techniques while learning to code robotic devices, interactive computer programs, and games. Delve into multiple coding environments and watch your visions come to life! Groups will be divided by age on the first morning.
    Coding & Game Design 2.0 11 to 13; Co-ed Week 4 (July 24 to 28) Prepare to bring your designs to the next generation! Discover more coding and game development environments. Use your logic, skills, and expertise to turn your dreams into a reality! Experience in basic coding environments is necessary.
    Cyber Girls Ambassador Program 11 to 14; For Girls Week 5 (July 31 to August 4)

    Registration in this camp is based on acceptance to the Cyber Girls Ambassador Program. For more information, please contact us by email.

    This camp aims to empower girls by teaching them about how they can make the cyber world a better place. With the mentorship of women in the Information Technology (IT) industry, campers learn about digital citizenship, cyber security, and positive online behaviour. As part of the Ambassador Program, girls will explore coding environments and refine their critical thinking skills. Become a Cyber Girl Ambassador and spread the word!
    Design with Python 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 4 (July 24 to 28) Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world, used by scientists, engineers, hobbyists, and everyone in between! Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of the Python programming language by completing fun coding challenges! This basic knowledge will prepare them for any future coding classes or coding languages they want to learn. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet Ontario Tech University software engineering students and engineering industry professionals. No coding experience is required!
    Design of User Interfaces 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week Whenever we use technology, we must interact with the complex work done by various engineers. It is not as challenging as it sounds because of the user interfaces that translate the instructions we provide to the system into a language it can understand. In this program, participants will explore current user interface experiences and examine the relationship between how humans process information, and how humans interact with machines, along with the advantages and challenges that come with this work.
    Learning to Code: Beginner Python 12 to 13; Co-ed

    Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week [Virtual]

    Week 3 (July 17 to 21)
    Campers will be introduced to the basics of Python programming using replit. From operators to conditional statements, to loops, campers will learn to code through a series of exciting coding challenges that put their knowledge to the test. This introductory camp will prepare campers for any future coding classes or coding languages they want to learn. No coding experience is required!
    Learning to Code: Intermediate Python 12 to 13; Co-ed Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week [Virtual]

     

    Week 8 (August 21 to 25)

    Campers who have taken a previous introductory Python course will enjoy this project-based camp. This camp was developed to allow campers to expand on their base knowledge in Python programming using replit. As campers dive deeper into various Python types, functions, and libraries, they will be tasked with fun design projects that require them to express their creativity through coding to form a solution. Throughout the camp, campers will gain a deeper perspective on the impact of computer scientists and software engineers on society.
    Level Up! 13 to 15; Co-ed Week 7 (August 14 to 18) Take your coding skills to the next level at the state-of-the-art Ontario Tech Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) Gaming and Virtual Reality Laboratory. Learn about the future of game development while exploring the endless possibilities of gaming! Experience in coding environments is required.
    The Future of Gaming 14 to 17;  Co-ed Week 8 (August 21 to 25) Wondering how you can take your coding and programming skills with you into the future? Considering a career in the gaming world? Gain valuable hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art Ontario Tech Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) Gaming and Virtual Reality Laboratory. Learn about designing, developing, producing, and testing games and other interactive media. Experience in coding environments is required.
    The Future of Technology 6 to 8;   Co-ed Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week [Virtual] Campers will explore different technologies that real engineers use to solve problems within our society. Campers will discover present technologies and explore how they will evolve in the years to come. By the end of the camp, campers will be able to think about and apply these technologies in their daily lives. No coding experience is required!
    Ultimate Minecraft 10 to 14; Co-ed Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week Build together in Minecraft: Education Edition and learn new skills, including character skins and custom maps. Along with learning new skills, campers will learn to build more technical and creative components. Campers will explore advanced features of Minecraft: Education Edition.

     

  • Engineering & Math
    A tentative schedule and summary of Engineering and Math related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Connected Engineering 14 to 17;  For Girls Week 2 (July 10 to 14) This program will focus on a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) cumulative, take-home project throughout the week. With an emphasis on the Engineering Design Process, participants will learn a new topic every day along with how it relates to their project and the world around them. Participants will learn from enthusiastic female engineering students and boost their problem-solving skills through fun, hands-on, discovery-based activities. At the end of the week, participants will apply all the knowledge they learned and put their projects to the test in a head-to-head competition with their peers!
    Engineering Our Society 12 to 13; For Girls Week 2 (July 10 to 14) This program for girls will focus on a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) cumulative, take-home project throughout the week. With an emphasis on the Engineering Design Process, participants will learn a new topic every day along with how it relates to their project and the world around them. Participants will learn from enthusiastic female engineering students and boost their problem-solving skills through fun, hands-on, discovery-based activities. At the end of the week, participants will apply all the knowledge they learned and put their projects to the test in a head-to-head competition with their peers!
    Engineering Our World 6 to 8;    Co-ed Week 2 (July 10 to 14) Campers will explore what it means to think like an engineer. Each day will focus on a specific field in engineering, with projects focused on building a better society. Through hands-on experiments and design challenges, campers will apply their creative problem-solving to recognize and address problems in our society. 
    Engineering Our World 9 to 11;  Co-ed

    Week 4 (July 24 to 28)

    Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week [Virtual]

    Campers will explore what it means to think like an engineer. Each day will focus on a specific field in engineering, with projects focused on building a better society. Through hands-on experiments and design challenges, campers will apply their creative problem-solving to recognize and address problems in our society. 
    Engineering Our World 12 to 13; Co-ed Week 5 (July 31 to August 4) Campers will explore what it means to think like an engineer. Each day will focus on a specific field in engineering, with projects focused on building a better society. Through hands-on experiments and design challenges, campers will apply their creative problem-solving to recognize and address problems in our society.
    The Magic of Mathematics 14 to 17;  Co-ed

    Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week [Virtual]

    Math isn’t just something we do in class; it is one of the methods we can use to solve problems and make our lives easier. Participants will learn the foundational concepts of calculus and the value of this super-powerful tool for tackling tough challenges. Our fun, hands-on activities will help participants develop an understanding of how calculus and other mathematical concepts can solve real problems they face every day and relate to real world engineering and society.

    *Based on the Ontario Curriculum for secondary students

     

  • Family & Youth
    A tentative schedule and summary of Family and Youth related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Description
    Counsellors in Training

    14 to 17;  Co-ed

    Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week

    Learn the skills required to become a “junior camp counsellor” during Ontario Tech’s 2023 Summer Camps. Participants will receive training in various camp activities. After the successful completion of this training session, attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer for 2023 camp programming at Ontario Tech (1 to 3 weeks). These hours can be used for high school volunteer time. A staff member will sign-off on the earned volunteer hours at the end of the summer!

    Participants must be finished grade 9.
    Family Camps Family

    Week 8 (August 21 to 25) 

    *Daily session registration

    Bring the whole family! Join us for fun-filled summer programs where family members learn alongside children. Families will leave with a variety of practical activities and resources that can be done at home. Daily activities will be geared to the ages of the campers. Families can register for one or more sessions. All camp programs make use of technology-based science and engineering equipment and iPad technology. You will work as a family group to complete the activities. Online resources will be available after the camp program.

    Campers must be at least 5 years old.
  • LEGO®, Robotics & Technology
    A tentative schedule and summary of LEGO®, Robotics and Technology related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Girls Connect 9 to 14;  For Girls Week 3 (July 17 to 21) Girls will learn alongside female mentors who will spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The camp gives campers an opportunity to build self-confidence and develop their skills through hands-on learning. Activities will be geared to the interests of girls and will include creating and programming their own robotic designs. Smaller groups will be formed on the first day of camp based on age and experience to provide more advanced activities for campers with previous experience.
    High Tech Expedition 12 to 14; Co-ed Week 8 (August 21 to 25) Explore what the world of technology has to offer through various tools and programs. Campers will engage in tasks and challenges that encourage them to broaden their programming and technological skills.
    High Tech Voyage 9 to 11; Co-ed Week 7 (August 14 to 18) Venture through the world of cutting-edge, high-tech products while deepening your skillset! Campers will be challenged to solve real-world issues through exciting projects using various technologies and robotics. Uncover your programming skills and use what you learn while exploring the world of tech!
    LEGO® Explorers

    6 to 8;   Co-ed

    Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week

    Week 5 (July 31 to August 4)

    This camp is for the younger LEGO® fan who is just getting into robotics. Campers will learn basic building techniques, create from their own imagination, and program their robots using LEGO® WeDo 2.0. Campers will play a variety of indoor and outdoor games. Each week will have a different theme.
    LEGO® Designers 9 to 11;  Co-ed

    Week 2 (July 10 to 14)

    Week 3 (July 17 to 21)

    Week 4 (July 24 to 28)

    Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week
    If you enjoy solving challenges and using your hands to find out how things work, you will love the LEGO® Designers camp. When you are not challenging your mind with robotics, you can challenge your body with daily outdoor activities. No prior experience necessary. Each week will have a different theme. Smaller groups will be formed on the first day of camp based on age.
    LEGO® Innovators 11 to 14; Co-ed

    Week 2 (July 10 to 14)

    Week 4 (July 24 to 28)

    You have mastered the basics of LEGO® robotics and now you want a real challenge! The LEGO® Innovators camp will encourage campers to expand their building and programming skills. Additional sensors and data collection will provide opportunities for more in-depth programming in LEGO® Mindstorms EV3. Previous experience with LEGO® robotics is recommended. Each week will have a different theme.
    Battle Robotics 11 to 13; Co-ed

    Week 7 (August 14 to 18)

    Campers will dive into robotics through the ultimate robotics design competition! Bring your imagination and creativity, we’ll give you the knowledge and technology to make the ultimate robot. Campers will design, build, and test their robots’ skills to overcome a series of escalating challenges. Can your robot navigate a maze, avoid obstacles, and successfully battle? Using LEGO® Mindstorms EV3, campers will work in groups to design the best robot to win. In this design challenge, campers will work through the entire Engineering Design Process, from ideas, to programming, to the final design. On the last day, there will be a competition to see which team comes out on top. Good luck and may the best robot win!
    Design, Build, Battle Robotics 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 7 (August 14 to 18) Why learn robotics on our own when we can develop our skills together and then test them against other teams? Participants will utilize the Engineering Design Process and computational problem-solving to build and program robots using VEX EDR Robotics. Participants will work in teams to design their robot, which will include motors, sensors, and hardware components that are controlled with code, without the need for external influence. At the end of the week, all the robots will battle until there is one robot standing!

     

  • Science
    A tentative schedule and summary of Science related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Future in Science 12 to 14; Co-ed Week 3 (July 17 to 21) Have you ever wondered what our world will look like in the future? In this camp, campers will explore what the world would look like in the future through a scientific lens. Through hands-on activities, campers will investigate new advancements in technology, equipment, and sustainable resources.
    Me the Scientist 10 to 12; Co-ed Week 2 (July 10 to 14) If you have an interest in science and would like to test your knowledge in a fun and creative way, this is the camp for you! This camp is an inquiry-based program where campers explore their individual curiosity through science. Campers will become scientists for the week to explore the ways we use science in our everyday lives!
    Science Adventures 8 to 10; Co-ed Week 4 (July 24 to 28) This camp if for younger campers who are interested in exploring science. This inquiry-based science camp encourages campers to explore the nature that surrounds them and conduct experiments using everyday materials they can collect. Using advanced technologies, campers will explore science through a traditional and digital lens.
    Science Girls 9 to 14; For girls Week 7 (August 14 to 18) Campers will discover advancements made in science by women and use their discoveries to re-create experiments. Through these exciting explorations, they will start understanding how female scientists have changed the world and how they can also have an impact on the world around them.
    Science is Cool

    6 to 8;  Co-ed

    Week 6 (August 8 to 11);  4-day week

    This camp is for younger scientists who enjoy exploring how fun science is through experimentation, inquiry, and outdoor activities. Campers will design and implement experiments and do activities that will spark their curiosity and enhance their love for science.

    Younger campers must be going into grade 1 in September 2023
  • STEAM
    A tentative schedule and summary of STEAM related camp offerings for summer 2023.
    Camp Ages Week Camp Description
    Design It, Create It, Build It! 10 to 14; Co-ed Week 4 (July 24 to 28) Find out what all the buzz is about Makerspace activities as you tinker, create, build, and explore with a variety of materials. Each day will provide opportunities to learn new skills. Campers will take home a project of their design.
    Exploration Galore 9 to 12; Co-ed Week 1 (July 4 to 7); 4-day week

    Get ready with your lab coat, safety goggles and imagination! This camp is filled with hands-on engineering challenges, technology explorations, science experiments and outdoor adventures. Learn about different aspects of engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics while building new skills. Each day has a different theme. Smaller groups will be formed on the first day of camp based on age.

    Campers will be provided with a lab coat and safety goggles for use during camp!
    Explore your Curiosity 6 to 9;   Co-ed Week 5 (July 31 to August 4) This camp allows children to participate in all kinds of science, technology, and engineering adventures!  Program activities include nature adventures, daily outdoor activities, science experiments and engineering challenges.
    Full STEAM Ahead! 9 to 13; Co-ed Week 6 (August 8 to 11); 4-day week Art, nature, and technology go hand in hand. Campers will discover elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) using the iPad, digital cameras, and cool interactive technologies to explore different environments. Campers will experiment with a variety of media. 
    STEAM Girls 9 to 14;  For Girls Week 2 (July 10 to 14) Be inspired to explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)! Using materials such as wood, paint, fabric, or circuitry, campers will design and build projects using their imagination! Join us for this amazing program for girls!
    The Vision of Energy 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 3 (July 17 to 21) The evolution of technology has brought with it an increased demand for energy. At the same time, our understanding of how we produce energy, and the consequences of different approaches has also increased. As a result, there is a rapidly growing demand for cleaner energy production methods, like nuclear energy! Participants will discover different ways of creating energy and how nuclear energy is a key technology for carbon-free energy generation. Participants will further explore what it means to be sustainable in an ever-changing and growing world. They will be equipped with the knowledge to design solutions as they explore the natural world. Participants will also learn to look at the environment around them through the lens of STEM (Science,  Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Engineering Design Process.
    Turtle Island 9 to 13; Co-ed Week 7 (August 14 to 18) This Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) based camp is designed to uncover and explore the relationship between STEAM, Indigenous peoples, and the land. Campers will participate in a weeklong journey exploring STEAM while making connections between STEAM and Indigenous Knowledge, to better understand their responsibility as stewards of the environment.
    Young Inventors Unite! 6 to 9;   Co-ed Week 3 (July 17 to 21) Come and be young inventors as you explore and experiment with cool materials, learn to use simple tools, explore with conductive materials, and create objects on a 3D printer. Campers will take home a project that they have designed, created, and built from scratch!
    Quantum Discovery 14 to 17; Co-ed Week 8 (August 21 to 25) So what is Quantum really? In this program, participants will dive deep into the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and explore ideas that have shaped some of our most successful theories. From quantum entanglement to quantum computing, participants will explore quantum mechanics through a theoretical and experimental approach, understanding the great promise and current threats of the development of quantum technologies. Interested? Check out this video for more insight into Quantum concepts.

     

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